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Managing Risk in Service Learning

Managing Risk in Service Learning: 2001-present
In April 2001, in response to questions about risk management issues related to the placement of service-learning students at learning sites, three working groups consisting of service-learning directors, faculty and risk managers were formed. The culminating result was the distribution of the Community Service Learning in the California State University – Best Practices for Managing Risk in Service Learning manual in 2002. (See archives)

In 2010, through an internal CSU systemwide audit process, it became apparent that the manual should be reviewed and updated. Through a series of meetings, peer review and research, the manual has been updated and renamed to: A Resource Guide for Managing Risk in Service Learning.

CSU's Resource Guide for Managing Risk in Service Learning**
The CSU's Resource Guide for Managing Risk in Service Learning, 2011 edition, (.pdf) contains recommended forms, checklists and descriptions that can be used to help build new service-learning partnerships while improving existing partnerships with community-based organizations (also referred to as “Learning Sites” throughout the resource guide).

**Universities and organizations outside the California State University System interested in reproducing any part of CSU Resource Guide for Managing Risk in Service Learning, 2011 edition, must contact the Center for Community Engagement for permission.


Risk Management in the CSU
Each of the California State University's 23 campuses are responsible for administering their risk management program in a manner that will attempt to minimize risk to students, employees, and visitors and protect the property of the campus. Each president has designated a risk manager to assist the campus administrators in maintaining the campus risk management policies and practices.The California State University Risk Management Authority (CSURMA) is an association of CSU and auxiliary organizations joined to protect member resources by providing broad coverage and quality risk management services that stabilize risk cost in a reliable, economical and beneficial manner.

Campus Risk Management Resources
An array of campus risk management resources are organized into four main areas: general, community partner, faculty and students.

Service Learning Risk Management Archives
This section includes archived documents from the CSU's Best Practices for Managing Risk in Service Learning manual developed in 2002.

 
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